Bob Dylan in the '80s, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bob Dylan opened the '80s as a born-again Christian and closed the decade with Oh Mercy, a critical comeback that rejuvenated his career. In between came a decade in the wilderness, where he found religion and lost it, went with the flow of MTV, hit the road with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and the Grateful Dead, anchored the Traveling Wilburys supergroup, and released seven studio albums while he banked a bunch of unreleased material that had drifted out over the years. Dylan had some hits along the way -- 1983's Infidels and 1985's Empire Burlesque both went gold -- but this is generally considered an unfocused era of excess. Produced by Jesse Lauter and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bob Dylan opened the '80s as a born-again Christian and closed the decade with Oh Mercy, a critical comeback that rejuvenated his career. In between came a decade in the wilderness, where he found religion and lost it, went with the flow of MTV, hit the road with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and the Grateful Dead, anchored the Traveling Wilburys supergroup, and released seven studio albums while he banked a bunch of unreleased material that had drifted out over the years. Dylan had some hits along the way -- 1983's Infidels and 1985's Empire Burlesque both went gold -- but this is generally considered an unfocused era of excess. Produced by Jesse Lauter and Sean O'Brien, the 2014 tribute Bob Dylan in the '80s: Vol. 1 attempts to kick-start conversations by offering 17 covers from this neglected decade by a bunch of modern indie artists the expanded digital and vinly versions contain another seven songs. Apart from Infidels, Dylan's '80s singles are avoided, as are several '80s songs that are often covered "Emotionally Yours," selections from 1989's acclaimed Oh Mercy, which is strangely and deliberately side-stepped, and 1990's Under the Red Sky is grandfathered in, likely because it's the last collection of original tunes Dylan would produce until 1997 his time in the wilderness lasted much longer than a decade, but the early '90s were devoted to folk covers and live albums. This doesn't mean the album isn't anchored by relatively familiar songs: Craig Finn of the Hold Steady does a straightforward "Sweetheart Like You," Built to Spill appealingly lurch their way through "Jokerman," Dawn Landes & Bonnie "Prince" Billy sweetly sing "Dark Eyes," and Yellowbirds pay effective homage to the ethereal "Series of Dreams." Although Aaron Freeman's "Wiggle Wiggle" winks at the bad taste that peppered these '80s albums -- he arranges it as an early Ween tune, then has the sense of humor to bring in Slash for a cameo, just like Bob did on the original -- this is an earnest bunch of covers, dedicated to bringing these songs back into the Dylan canon. Most versions pull off the nifty trick of being faithful to Dylan's and their act's own sound. Glen Hansard turns "Pressing On" into something that'd fit on the Once soundtrack; Lucius gives "When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky" a new wave grandeur; Langhorne Slim & the Law kick up dust on "Got My Mind Made Up"; Blitzen Trapper split the difference between past and present on "Unbelievable"; Deer Tick amble through a calypso on "Night After Night," and Tea Leaf Green thread in polyrhythms throughout "Waiting to Get Beat." Some of these versions work better than others, but they're all imaginative and worthy and, best of all, they prove the producers' thesis that there is a lot to discover within Dylan's '80s catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2014
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882196028
  • Catalog Number: 2196028
  • Sales rank: 68,695

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Got My Mind Made Up - Langhorne Slim & the Law (3:14)
  2. 2 Jokerman - Built to Spill (6:12)
  3. 3 Brownsville Girl (Reprise) - Reggie Watts (3:38)
  4. 4 Sweetheart Like You - Craig Finn (3:48)
  5. 5 You Changed My Life - Ivan & Alyosha (5:08)
  6. 6 Night After Night - Deer Tick (3:00)
  7. 7 Dark Eyes - Dawn Landes (4:42)
  8. 8 Waiting to Get Beat - Tea Leaf Green (2:39)
  9. 9 Wiggle Wiggle - Aaron Freeman (2:13)
  10. 10 Congratulations - Elvis Perkins (3:40)
  11. 11 Covenant Woman - Hannah Cohen (5:27)
  12. 12 Every Grain of Sand - Marco Benevento (2:41)
  13. 13 Series of Dreams - Yellowbirds (5:55)
  14. 14 Unbelievable - Blitzen Trapper (2:43)
  15. 15 When the Night Comes Falling From the Sky - Lucius (6:20)
  16. 16 Pressing On - Glen Hansard (4:07)
  17. 17 Death Is Not the End - Carl Broemel (6:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Moore Banjo, Piano, Vocals
Dave Dreiwitz Bass
Slash Guitar
Doug Martsch Guitar, Vocals
Todd Dunnigan Organ
Brett Netson Guitar
Brad Albetta Bass
Aaron Freeman Guitar, Vocals
Craig Finn Vocals
Reggie Watts Synthesizer, Vocals
Thomas Bartlett Organ, Piano
Glen Hansard Guitar, Vocals
Joe Russo Drums
Bonnie "Prince" Billy Vocals
Jason Albertini Bass
Dawn Landes Guitar, Vocals
Scott Metzger Guitar
Carl Broemel Bass, Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Marco Benevento Synthesizer, Piano, Mellotron, Wurlitzer
Sam Cohen Guitar, Vocals
Matt Kilmer Percussion
Rob Crowell Keyboards
Jim Roth Guitar
Bo Koster Piano, Pump Organ
Luke Reynolds Synthesizer, Tambourine
Richard Medek Drums
Elvis Perkins Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Charango
Josh Clark Guitar
Trevor Garrod Flute, Keyboards, Vocals
Brian Kantor Drums
Lily Costner Vocals
Pete Lalish Guitar
Dan Molad Bass, Percussion, Drums
Reed Mathis Bass
Scott Rager Drums
Josh Kaufman Organ, Guitar
Ian O'Neil Guitar
Jeff Ratner Bass, Vocals
Christopher Dale Ryan Bass
Kyle Resnick Trumpet
Jesse Lauter Vocals
Nick Kinsey Percussion, Drums, Marimbas
Malachi Delorenzo Drums, Vocals
Tim Wilson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Dennis Ryan Drums
Sean O'Brien Organ, Vocals
Annie Nero Bass
Holly Laessig Vocals
Jim White Drums
John J. McCauley III Guitar, Vocals
Tom Blankenship Bass
Hannah Cohen Vocals
Jess Wolfe Vocals
Cochrane McMillan Drums
Steve Gere Drums
Ryan Carbary Bass, Guitar
Matt Yeates Percussion, Drums
Andy Burri Drums, Vocals
Sean Scolnick Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Tom Petty Composer
Patrick Dillett Engineer
Sam Shepard Composer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Jeremy Black Producer, Engineer, beats
Doug Martsch Engineer
Aaron Freeman Engineer, beats
Reggie Watts beats
Jason Albertini Engineer
Dawn Landes Engineer
Carl Broemel Engineer
Marco Benevento Engineer, beats
Brandon Belsky Guitar Engineer
Sam Cohen Engineer
Robin C. Hendrickson Layout
Matt Kilmer Arranger
Elvis Perkins Engineer
Jonathan Lethem Liner Notes
Eric Earley Arranger, Engineer
Adam Landry Engineer
Jesse Lauter Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, beats
Nick Kinsey Engineer
Sean O'Brien Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Elijah Thompson Engineer
Cochrane McMillan Producer, Engineer
Justin Collins Engineer
Tusi Engineer
Steve Gere Engineer
Murray Trider Engineer
Ryan Carbary Engineer
Matt Yeates Engineer
Jason Ringlestetter Engineer
Craig Drake Illustrations
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